Gloria María Fajardo García, was born on September 1, 1957 in Havana, Cuba. When was two years old she left Cuba to go to Miami with her family, after Fidel rose to power. Life wasn't easy when she got here at first, but after she started adapting, slowly, but surely, she became the icon and the great influencer she is today. Gloria has realized the struggle for Latin rights in the US.
"I have always thought that when someone listens to a song of mine they feel strength, hope. I feel happy that my music can brighten up and help other people"
With her message, Gloria has achieved great songs such as Mi Tierra, Abriendo Puertas, and Alma caribeña. These songs have made her rise to the top on all of the charts. She is considered one of the best-selling musical artists of all time. Selling more than 100 million records worldwide! She has numerous Grammy awards and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
In 1990, she was invited to sing at the White House. The bus who took her back had an accident. Gloria survived but a spinal injury left her invalid for a long time. "I broke my back and thought I would never walk again," she said.
After this accident, she opened up her sensitivity to the people that suffer, not only paralysis, but all kinds of illnesses. She realized that her position, and fame, could be put to many great things which led her to create the Gloria Estefan Foundation to offer a helping hand for those who have any type of illness President Barack Obama awarded the Medal of Liberty award to Gloria and her husband, Emilio, in November 2015.
On September 19, 2011, she received the Ultimate Award, for being a model of inspiration for youth. Gloria has shockingly performed at the Olympics and at the Superbowl twice! Her song 'Reach' even turned into the hymn for the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics!
Gloria has always been determined on using her fame to bring awareness to political affairs. In 2010, Gloria famously led Las Damas de Blanco march down Calle Ocho in support of the opposition movement in Cuba. Gloria became a board of director for Univision Communications Inc.
In conclusion, the talented singer is still continuing to thrive in the music industry. Gloria came to Miami in hopes of achieving the 'American Dream', that's one more thing she can scratch off her bucket list. And keep in mind don't despise humble beginnings.